Violence has been reported from Kakinara of North 24 Parganas district in West Bengal on Monday. Following the violence, the locals disrupted train services in the Barrackpore-Naihati division of Eastern Railway (ER), said an official.

The services were affected for about two hours (9.05 am to 11.15 am) as a group of people obstructed train movement at Kankinara station, added the official.

Sixteen electric multiple units (EMU) local trains were also delayed due to the protests.

Also, the Eastern Railway (ER) authorities had to cancel 20 EMUs, while two pairs of trains were short-terminated while three Express trains were detained en route.

The ER tried to maintain services up to Barrackpore on the Up line and up to Naihati on the Down line to lessen the harassment of the passengers at the peak hour, the official said.

Residents of Kakinara and Bhatpara have been witnessing violent clashes since the general elections were conducted.

The administration had to deploy the Rapid Action Force (RAF) to control the situation after some miscreants hurled bombs on Monday morning, said the reports.

The opposition parties had, on Sunday, criticized the Trinamool Congress (TMC) state government for failing to ensure permanent normality in Bhatpara and its surrounding areas even as the North-24-Parganas town, once renowned for the pursuit of Sanskrit, was further scarred by violence.

(With agency inputs)